Bribing kids, you do what works!!!!! I'm all for bribing. You want that? Then stay on the A honor roll. You want that? Then keep your room clean. You want that? Unload the dishwasher for a week.
As a parent you learn what will work for you and what will not work to your advantage.
I hate unloading the dishwasher so I usually pawn it off on a kid. Don't judge me. Kids need chores anyway so why not give them something I detest doing?!?!? Dusting. Swiffering. Unloading the dishwasher. Taking the trash out. Things like that. I do so much as it is for my family that it doesn't hurt sharing some of the load.
Today I had a phone conference at 3:00 to discuss dog sledding in Duluth. I usually pick O up from school at 2:45. No joke, I literally had five minutes to get ready for the call when we got back home. I turned the coffee pot on and grabbed the bag of lollipops to bribe the kids for some quiet time. (They were organic lollipops to ease my guilty conscience.) I proceeded to stop the coffee pot and pour what coffee that had been brewed into my mug and rushed into the living room to my laptop and paperwork waiting for me.
Being a mom means never having a moment to yourself even for a phone conference. The people on the line never knew I wiped a poopy butt on a kid. The people on the line didn't hear my kids crunching their lollipops. You know it's much tastier to just eat the lollipops instead of suck them. It's like nails on a chalkboard hearing all that crunching.
Best of all the people on the line didn't see me wearing my pajamas with some funky bedhead. Before picking up Lil O at school I snuggled with Baby M on the couch and we took a nap. To make it worse I woke up in a puddle of drool to my alarm clock telling me it was time to get Lil O from school.
How am I typing up this blog post you ask? UPS just left some goodies at my house. One box had wooden toy blocks in it for the kids. I opened them up so I could get a few minutes to sit down. At least I didn't have to offer them another lollipop.